What is the Future of Manufacturing?

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The manufacturing industry will always be a critical business. The industry makes businesses thrive in the world of marketing by creating the products we buy and use in a consumer society. Without manufacturers, we would not be able to obtain new technologies such as new smartphones or car models, indeed we would not be able to have anything manufactured.

A high demand of a certain product demands that manufacturers increase their production. Supplying the demands of consumers is after all, a great way to make profit. There are other factors to consider in customer satisfaction such as a product’s quality and efficiency. These factors can be achieved with the use of quality management processes.

Economic Development

 Undeniably, the manufacturing industry is beneficial for both businesses and consumers. The industry plays a vital role in a country’s GDP. It can increase employment rates and be a source of producing goods that will be exported to other countries. Technological developments and the growth of manufacturing machinery can trigger economic growth.

Semiconductor-making equipment that produces metal components that go into electronic devices or automobiles can be used to produce more machine tools. This equipment can lead to economic growth in terms of producing more goods that supply the consumer’s demand.

The Future of Manufacturing Education

 With all the technological advancements, manufacturing industries need an increasing level of highly skilled workers that know how to operate new equipment. Complex manufacturing processes requiring high skill levels means higher levels of pay.

Education systems may provide industry-based training with on-the-job learning to increase the knowledge and skills of the future generation of workers. They can also align manufacturing education with the industry standards so that future workers will be well acquainted once they get into the actual manufacturing industry.

Digital Manufacturing

 Future workers in the industry will also become accustomed to digital manufacturing processes. The future of manufacturing factories can be explored in the virtual world. Factories will be more flexible in making production changes according to consumer preferences. Integrating new machines will be easier since many aspects of innovation will be digitized.

Using future machines such as the “Plant Adapter” allows a universal connection of machines and other parts in the manufacturing infrastructure. The Plant adapter gathers various production information and prepares it for reading and processing for other machines and workers. This platform-independent basis is a pre-requisite for machines to communicate with other systems and even with workers.

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Future Manufacturing Functions

 The future of additive manufacturing needs analytical design software to enable the creation of future functions. New functions such as selective laser melting and sintering can produce products layer by layer. However, industry professionals already see potential defects from these functions. Research and development is continually testing the effectivity of these future functions.

Automating manufacturing functions such as measuring equipment can help people without advanced degrees in mathematics and analytical mechanics get accurate results. Scanning devices such as laser scanners that create measured point clouds makes tasks easier and reduces costs.

The future of the manufacturing industry is constantly happening with each passing day. New technologies and functions will take manufacturing to the next level.